In a recent news article a new and disturbing means of becoming quickly and dangerously intoxicated has emerged after a number of college age kids have turned up in emergency rooms. The practice is called 'butt chugging' and is accomplished by, in effect, giving oneself an alcohol enema. This practice originated in ancient cultures, usually by shaman or witchdoctors, who would ingest alcohol and other very strong hallucinogens rectally. These practices were used in ancient times to illicit visions and predictions thought to be spiritually based and often followed by those who survived the practice.
This old-now-new practice was brought into the public eye last month after a University of Tennessee frat boy named Alexander Broughton was hospitalized after allegedly 'butt chugging' alcohol at a party.
In our modern times this practice seems to have been adopted by college kids looking for a new way of becoming intoxicated quickly without the possibility of excessive vomiting. There are, of course, serious concequenses to this practice. The alcohol is absorbed very rapidly in the rectal cavity inducing an almost instant state of drunkeness, but can quickly become problematic due to the fast rate of absorbtion. Those who try this are asking for trouble and the real possibility of an alcohol induced death.
Although this practice may illicit laughter and snickering like a bad joke, it is really no laughing matter.